florence 5 days rome 5 days where to eat
My husband and I are flying into florence/rome in september and would like to take some suggestions on where to eat. We are in our late 20s and are from los angeles. We'd like to have a great experience dining in italy! Its our first time and we are thoroughly excited with the food! we like our pasta, meat dishes but nothing too exotic. We'd like to try anything that ranges from hole in a walls, to sit down family style restaurants to nicer dinners. However, we will be doing all touristy activities (In florence, day 1:Accademia, San Marco Museum, Medici Chapels, Santa Maria novella. Day 2: Bargello, Uffizi Day 3: Santa Croce, Duomo, Boboli Gardens or mercato centrale, Day 4 in SIena then Day 5 train to Rome. No plans yet in Rome but def for a day in the Vatican city, then the colosseo, ruins, etc). I would love to get any ideas for my daily cafe and gelato! would like a quick but tasty lunch and a decent meal at night ...any suggestions welcome!
hit up the main market in florence and get yourself the makings of a great picnic, especially at the Boboli gardens. There was a great little gelato shop along the street just before the palace entrance as you walked back towards the city center from visiting the gardens. But honestly, I don't think I had bad gelato there at all. Love the 2 scoops combo of lemon and raspberry.
I often find it easier to find relevant Chowhound threads by first doing a Google search like "Rome colosseum Chowhound Italy 2013" or " Rome gelato Chowhound Italy 2013" (or substitute "Siena".) It usually gets me closer to precisely what I am looking for.
The historic center of Florence is completely walkable, so just about any recommended eatery you think you'd like try will be convenient to the sights on your list.
In addition to thinking about restaurants, also do some google searches for classic Roman dishes and classic Tuscan dishes you might like to try (or avoid!) so you know what to expect. And you can find long discussions about coffee in Rome and Florence (on the web and Chowhound):
"I often find it easier to find relevant Chowhound threads by first doing a Google search like "Rome colosseum Chowhound Italy 2013" or " Rome gelato Chowhound Italy 2013" (or substitute "Siena".) It usually gets me closer to precisely what I am looking for."
Off topic a bit...
The Google suggestion is the way to go. Most sites do not have search engines that come close to Google. I have found this to be a great tip for searching on many sites.
Here is a current thread with plenty of discussion & rec's for both Rome & Florence:
If you take 10-15 minutes to scroll down thru the recent past threads you will find many focused on dining in these 2 cities. There are literally hundreds of suggestions already here for you to review.